NY Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions

New York Teacher and Administrator Certification Application Information and Instructions

Note: While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible. State requirements change frequently. It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.

To be eligible for recommendation by the Certification Office, students completing a bachelor's degree, a post baccalaureate certification or Master's degree must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript.

Certification in NY requires the completion of a number of workshops. Please see the "Completion of Workshops" information in the NY Certification Requirements and Available Licenses
article for information on how to take these workshops. 

Step 1:  If you have not done so before, create an account in NYSED's TEACH online application system.  

Step 2:  Write to licensure@wgu.edu and request that a letter be sent to the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives verifying that the WGU program you completed is state-approved in Utah to lead to certification.  You will be provided with two complimentary copies of your final WGU transcript and a third will be sent directly to the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives on your behalf. 


Step 3: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every other college you have attended to be sent to your address. Do not submit your WGU transcripts to the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives!  WGU must submit them on your behalf.  Leave transcripts ordered from all other post-secondary institutions in their sealed envelopes to be submitted unopened.

Step 4:  Complete the New York fingerprint supported background check for certification outlined on NYSED's Fingerprinting Process from Start to Finish as of January 1, 2019 page.

Step 5:  Mail all official transcripts from other post-secondary institution, and any other required documentation to the NYSED Office of Teaching Initiatives:


Office of Teaching Initiatives
New York State Education Department
89 Washington Ave, 5N EB
Albany, New York 12234


Applicants for administrator certification should also provide official verification from an employing school district or districts of three years of full-time teaching or pupil personnel services experience.

Step 6:  Once the Verification Letter WGU completed for you and all of your transcripts have been recorded in your TEACH account, apply for the New York Initial Certificate that corresponds to the WGU program you completed.  


- At the Educational Preparation information for this application only screen, be sure to check the box for option B: “No, I have not completed, nor am I enrolled in, an Approved Teacher Preparation Program at a New York State College or University for this certificate and this type.”  


- When asked if you are eligible for the Interstate Reciprocity pathway, select the second option: “Yes, I completed an Approved Teacher Education program in a state or jurisdiction other than New York that would lead to certification in that state.”



For technical help with the TEACH Online Services contact their help staff by calling (518) 486-6041 between 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EST Monday through Friday.


Processing time for New York applications vary.  You may check the status of your application by following the instructions on the NYSED Check the Status of Your Application Page


The New York State Education Department (NYSED) will make the authoritative and final determination about your eligibility for any type of certification. The NYSED may, at its discretion, require graduates of any program to complete additional coursework to become eligible for certification.






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